Boise March For Science Looks To Connect Science And Policy

Apr 21, 2017

Thousands plan to attend the national March for Science that takes place Saturday in Washington D.C. In Boise, Austin Hopkins is one of the people planning an Idaho version of the march.

Hopkins -- who is with Idaho Conservation League -- hopes Saturday’s march furthers a dialogue between politics and science in Idaho.

“Science is everywhere," says Hopkins. "It’s in all parts of life, it’s so necessary to the quality of life that we all have come to enjoy. Given that it’s so pervasive, some people have forgotten how important it is and why we need science-based decision making.”

He admits that Idaho lawmakers and scientists don’t always agree. But he points to the packed room earlier this year during an unofficial meeting at the capitol on climate change, and says they plan to remain persistent.   

“That was amazing to see and I think these discussions are just going to continue to happen. And ultimately we’ll start to see this science picked up.”  

Several hundred people have indicated on Facebook they plan to attend the Boise march.

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